With the northern hemisphere summer in full swing, the exciting World Championship season is upon athletes, coaches and fans.
Over the coming months almost all of the sports on the GC2018 program will have athletes chasing a world title, in what is also a mouth-watering form guide for the Commonwealth Games in less than 265 days.
In the next month, Budapest will host the FINA Diving and Swimming World Championships and London will host the IPC and IAAF Athletics World Championships.
Divers chasing perfect 10s in Hungary
In the new aquatic centre in the Hungarian capital, the diving world titles start this weekend and run for the week. The eight GC2018 events (1M, 3M, 10M, 3M Synchro, 10M Synchro – Men and Women) will be contested. Note, the mixed and team events at Budapest 2017 will not be held on the Gold Coast.
Diving fans and ticketholders for GC2018 should keep an eye on how the Australians fare and key Commonwealth diving nations to watch include Canada, England, Malaysia and Singapore.
GC2018 ambassador and Glasgow 2014 gold medallist Domonic Bedggood, who trains at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, will lead the 10-strong Australian Team along with Melissa Wu.
Wu is the most experienced Aussie diver, having competed as far back as the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The three-time Olympian and medallist is in career best form at 25.
Rio 2016 medallists Anabelle Smith and Maddison Keeney are also looking for more international success and Commonwealth gold medallist Esther Qin could shine in Budapest. The Australian team is great mix of new faces and experienced campaigners.
English Olympic 3M synchro champions Chris Mears and Jack Laugher are determined to exert their dominance again. Teammate Tom Daley – the defending Commonwealth champion and former World Champion and Olympic medallist – is looking to return to the podium in Budapest. Between them, these three poster boys have amazing stories and around 10 million fans on social media!
The preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s 1-metre springboard will get the competition underway on Friday evening, AEST, the only non-medal day of competition day.
Keeney is a strong medal prospect in the 1-metre for Australia, with Qin also expected to perform strongly. Olympians Kevin Chavez and James Connor fly the Aussie flag in the men’s event.